Minorities To Get 700,000 More Scholarships

Minority communities have something to cheer from this fiscal year, The Ministry of Minority Affairs has revised and enhanced the physical targets (for fresh cases only) under the Scheme of Pre-matric Scholarship for students belonging to the Minority communities. Now the target has been fixed at 34 lakh fresh scholarships an increase of 700,000 scholarships compared to previous year.

Overall Financial Allocation for this Scheme during current FY is Rs. 600 crore. During last FY the target for fresh scholarships was fixed at 20 lakh and the Financial Allocation was 375.68 crore.

In the revised and enhanced physical targets for the Pre-matric Scholarship Scheme for the current FY, the community-wise breakup is as follows:

Minority Fresh Scholarships
Muslims 24,79,461
Christians 4,31,805
Sikhs 3,44,757
Budhists 1,42,801
Parsis 1,176

* However, for renewal cases no target has been fixed.

Source: Press Information Bureau

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